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Edit -> Preferences -> Editing -> Automatically turn "CamelCase" words into links -> uncheck
Edit -> Preferences -> Editing -> Automatically turn filepaths into links -> uncheck
  • <Ctrl><Space> <Ctrl>f

How it works:

  • <Ctrl><Space> - switch to the side pane
  • <Ctrl>f - Search in the page list


  • <Control><Space> shortcut has to be enabled the very first time.
Edit -> Preferences
-> Use <Control><Space> to switch to the side pane -> Check

why zim

I use Zim because:

  • Zim : (vim, notepad++) :: book : page :: “collection of documents” : “single document” :: directory : file
    • For example, you can have links in one page that point to another page. But all the pages belong to a single notebook.
  • Files are stored in plain text
    • can be stored in git
    • easy to backup
  • Open source
  • Written in python
  • Works in both Linux and Windows.

Starting zim in windows

For | 0.68

Create a batch file, zim.bat

$ cat ~/Desktop/zim.bat
"C:\Users\kkusuman\Desktop\Zim Desktop Wiki Portable\zim.exe"

Then double click the zim.bat icon on the desktop.

Old instructions:

<Todo:- Add the version number if this is still relevant or delete this entry>

Create a batch file, zim.bat

start \Path\to\Zim\ZimDesktopWikiPortable.exe --standalone

Now open windows explorer and type the path of the batch script in the address bar. This will launch zim.

tags | link to a file

On windows:


Ref:- → “File Links” section

scroll bar

I found that the scroll bar stops working intermittently. To work around this, try scrolling right on the scroll bar. Once this is done, the scroll bar works both on the scroll bar and on the window.

check later

table of contents plugin

My favorite configuration

  • Position in the window: Left Side Pane
  • uncheck - Show Toc as floating widget instead of in sidepane
  • check - Show the page title heading in the ToC

release history

release_date, version
2022-10, 0.75.1
2023-07, 0.75.2


How to insert equations in zim?

Enable the “Insert Equation” plugin

Edit → Preferences → Plugins → Insert Equation → check the box

Then do

Insert → Equation → Enter the equation (ex:- \sqrt{ a^2 + b^2 }) → Preview → OK

This will create pairs of files such as (equation.tex, equation.png), (equation001.tex, equation001.png), (equation002.tex, equation002.png) etc., Each pair corresponds to one equation.

Ref:- - talks about this functionality. But it does not tell how to enable it in the first place.

tags | zim math equations, equation editor, where is the equation editor plugin?

zim_notes.txt · Last modified: 2024/05/22 23:20 by raju